This section of the book is very interesting. In this part of the book, Raskolnikov goes through with his murder plans. Throughout this part, the reader experiences a lot of suspense. The text makes the reader ask questions and wonder 'what will happen next?'. The quote "He had though about the main point, but he had put the details aside until he had convinced himself" characterizes Raskolnikov. It shows that even though he wanted to carry out his plans to murder the Alena Ivanovna in order to help benefit others, a part of him still felt like it was wrong and he didn't want to actually commit to his plan. In order to murder Alena Ivanovna, Raskolnikov was going to steal an axe, loop it inside of his coat so that it wouldn't be seen, and trick Alena Ivanovna with some parcels to distract her while he pulled the axe out to kill her. While stealing the axe, Raskolnikov starts to get a guilty feeling again. In the quote "'It was not my planning, but the devil, that accomplished that!' He though, and laughed strangely, extraordinarily heartened by this stroke of luck" characterization motivation is shown by Raskolnikov blaming his act of stealing the axe on the devil. This is also ironic because Raskolnikov is killing Alena Ivavovna in order to rob her and help others, however, he finds evil in stealing the axe in order to do so. When Raskolnikov goes up to Alena Ivavovna's apartment, his nerves start to get to him again. However, he goes through with his plan. After Raskolnikov hits Alena over the head with the axe, her sister, Lizaveta arrives. Although Raskolnikov wasn't expecting this, he ends up killing her as well in order to keep her from screaming. Raskolnikov then goes to the bedroom and takes all of Alena's valuables, and takes her purse that she was wearing. Before Raskolnikov was able to leave the apartment, two men come knocking at the door for Alena. Thsi scene adds a lot of suspense to this book. Dostoevsky builds suspense in this book by creating the question in the reader's mind of whether or not the men at the door will expose Raskolnikov with the line "'Don't you understand? That means one of them is at home. If everybody were out, they would have locked the door from outside, not bolted it from inside.'" The two men stay outside of the apartment for a little while, then when nobody answeres, they decide to get the landlord. When Raskolnikov hears their footsteps disappear, he slips out of the apartment and into a flat a level lower in order to escape a crowd of people. When this crowd passes, Raskolnikov is lucky enough to slip out of the building and be on his way. Although there was a lot of suspense built at this point in the book, Raskolnikov is able to commit the murders successfull From this point in the book, a lot of situational and verbal irony keep occuring.

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    Feodor Dostoevsky

    Feodor Dostoevsky is the author of the book Crime and Punishment, which was written in 1866. He is from Moscow, Russia, and died in St. Petesburg. Dostoevsky was born November 11, 1821, and died February 9, 1881. This is when and where the book takes place.


    January 2013